British Prime Minister Theresa May has finally broken her silence and spoken out , solving a riddle and putting to rest many theories that were being floated by pundits and social etiquette experts after she was pictured holding hands with Donald Trump at the White House during her official visit in January 2017 after Trump had assumed office.
The picture made headlines, going viral and leading to overt exaggeration with many pundits claiming that it was the Anglo-American special relationship status on display.
According to the BBC, Government sources in Washington had at the time suggested that Donald Trump had a fear of walking on stairs or slopes and that Theresa May was helping to give him comfort.
Speaking on the BBC’s Test Match Special, Mrs May said: “We were walking along, he said there was a ramp around the corner and it might be difficult walking down it so to take his arm.
“And then when we got to the top of the ramp he took my hand, just for going down the ramp and then that was it … I think it was to assist.”
The prime minister added: “You suddenly see this bank of photographers and then of course it becomes something that the photographers and the journalists and the commentators and everybody pick up. But I think it was genuinely a moment of assistance.”
Theresa May however did not explain if she was helping Trump down the ramp or if it was Trump helping her down the ramp.
In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s Jonathan Agnew at Lord’s cricket ground, Mrs May also hit back at critics of her general election campaign, saying “I don’t think I’m in the least robotic”.
Mrs May was ridiculed by critics during the election for repeating stock phrases, such as “strong and stable,” with one dubbing her the “Maybot”.
Instead of addressing large crowds and doing walkabouts, like her Labour opponent Jeremy Corbyn, her appearances were mostly limited to tightly-controlled party events.
She said she had been “frustrated” that as prime minister she had not been able to “knock on doors” and meet ordinary people.
“In any election campaign a plan is made about what that campaign is going to be like.
“I get frustrated… people used the word robotic about me during that campaign. I don’t think I’m in the least robotic.
“What I really enjoy is getting out there talking to people, hearing from them, understanding what the issues are for them.
“That’s what drove me when I first became prime minister.” To read more, follow this link to The Standard